From The Basement is proud to present a new handcrafted music intensive series for the Summer! Firmly committed in our quest to get people everywhere listening to more music, and eliminate the neat little Genre boxes and endless repetition of the lowest common denominator. Music does not need to be new in order to discover it, especially in the current environment of more releases on a daily basis than anyone could legitimately audition. When we huddle in the basement mixing up the musical medicine, daily exclamations of “Holy Shit, I forgot about that song” or “How did I not hear this?” These “Mixtapes” will use no gimmicks and have little to zero interruptions. Each will have a different topic, starting with “Relax”... and no it does not include Frankie Goes To Hollywood, although they very well may show up before Labor Day. A complete track list will be posted for every show. If you have an idea for a topic, please let us know. We enjoy feedback. And if you get a chance and have the ability to chip in for an upgrade to the studio computers, the information can be found here: https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8VksUE4LLe The fund drive ends on July 26.
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An enormous load of fresh musical arrivals have packed the new release bin near the bursting point as we get ready to dig into another Summer. Had my first blood test in a while and am happy to report no sign of cancer returning, and remain very thankful to go from Stage 4 in 2018 to zero today. It baffles me how I got so lucky, even with the damage left behind. As expected, turning 67 the other day has spurred a reflective state but with better understanding why Vin Scelsa felt the need to retire. As far as I was concerned Vin was as musically astute as ever and hadn’t lost a step when he hung up the headphones. Upon reflection I believe it was simply a case of coming down to the tools of the trade, and the ability to understand how to make them do what you need without compromising the integrity or hindering the creative energy that particular approach to a radio show demands. It has been difficult for people not comfortable having a computer as the main tool to reconcile doing a show while flying without a net and instant connection and banter with the audience and only a 7 second delay for protection. Trusting as Vin would explain, the Radio Muse to guide your musical path. The only kind of radio I ever wanted to do and I believe Vin felt the same way. But we are both old men and you kids really need to stay the hell off our lawns.
The music that interests me these days continues to evolve, but often tends to be quieter, with just an occasional jolt of feedback, unless something by Jimi, Zappa, Julian Cope, Charlie Parker or a number of other obsessions pop up causing an extended journey down the rabbit hole. I am still drawn to the studio pretty much every day so long as people continue to listen and will gladly carry on playing records in public. Regardless, always being in search of a new perfect segue is something I will do until the afterparty beckons. I’m certain that endless music will be waiting to be discovered whatever awaits… or not.
This episode has new, remastered and/or previously unreleased sounds from Bobby Lee, Albert Hammond Jr., Chris Staples, Lloyd Cole, Charles Mingus, William Tyler & The Impossible Truth, Arthur Russell, The Smile, M. Ward, Slowdive, Malcolm Holcombe, Anderson Council, Superbloom, Stewart Copeland, The Staple Singers, Mack Rice, Steve Cropper; Little Feat, Eddie Floyd and Gov’t Mule. The library was very helpful making everything flow by offering Tim Easton, Grand Funk, Stevie Wonder, Ryley Walker, INXS, Liz Phair, New York Dolls, Graham Parker, Sonny Boy Williamson, Keith Richards, The Police, Radiohead, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway & Quincy Jones, Allman Brothers Band, Curtis Mayfield, Ann Peebles and more.
Due to the age of the studio computers I must finally say goodbye to Win7/64/Pro (for me the most stable MS OS since XP). It would cost almost as much to upgrade 2 of the 3 machines that can't currently run Win 10/11 (end of life for 10 expected in 18 months). I think replacing the 2 machines can be done for $1,500 as everything else from software to hardware is fine. If you have a CPU or 2 gathering dust that are able to run Win10, we will gladly take them off your hands. Just as great would be a connection to get some desktops at a good price, used or new. Please reach out if you fall into either category or just want to say hello. Thanks for all the support these last few years for From The Basement. It means the world to me and has helped immeasurably in my recovery. Here’s the link, it can only be up for 30 days. https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8VksUE4LLe
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The first song I heard that was written and sung by Jason Isbell that knocked me on my ass was “Goddamn Lonely Love.” My old friend and then workmate Jesse Scott had been telling me for a while that I really needed to check out The Drive-By Truckers, Jesse has always had impeccable taste and she knows not only what I like but felt it would work on both of our channels. I believe her quote was, “Marrone, yes they are shitkickers and rockin’ but there are some songs here that you are gonna love.” Yep, once again Jesse couldn’t have been more correct. The Dirty South was getting ready to come out and we had an advance. I rarely listen to new albums in track order and cued “Goddamn” first. I’ve been a fan ever since of both DBT’s and Jason. “Danko/Manuel” from the same album sealed it. Years later his song “Elephant” brought me to my knees, as it will anyone touched by Cancer and after a single listen to “Weathervanes” I swear he’s still getting better. You will hear as much of the album as the DMCA will allow, as well as new things from: Massimo Faraò Trio, Love and Rockets, The Crushing Violets, Hiss Golden Messenger, Keaton Henson and Selwyn Birchwood. We also say goodbye to Blackie Onassis of Urge Overkill at the too young age of 57. I am taking a break for my 67th Birthday on June 20, I look at it as 37 years of bonus time. Thanks for listening.
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This episode not only contains mini-tributes to Astrud Gilberto and Jack Lee but a bounty of new releases including: Peter Gabriel, Metropolitan Jazz Octet, Dry Cleaning, Fila Brazillia, Becca Mancari, Rufus Wainwright, Ben Harper, Wye Oak, The Teardrop Explodes, Tommy Stinson's Cowboys in the Campfire, and Cowboy Junkies. What a week! More than ever we all need a break from the noise and instead of the relentless chatter, we always find that whatever the circumstances, music is the only thing that can dim the roar. Library selections include Leon Russell, John Lennon, Radiohead, Talk Talk, David Bowie, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Joni Mitchell, Darrell Scott, Chuck Prophet, Orpheus, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Ultra Vivid Scene, The Grassroots, The Red Locusts, The Beach Boys, Booker T Jones, Beastie Boys, Tower Of Power, James Brown, Muddy Waters w/Otis Spann, Howlin' Wolf, Led Zeppelin and a bunch more. As always we thank you for your precious ears and continued support and we would love to hear from you regarding your likes, dislikes or better yet just to say hello.
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I was going to take a short break but while playing around with some new stuff, inspiration struck and by the time it expired, Episode #217 was left behind. No special theme other than wanting to hear these particular tunes at that particular time. Hope you enjoy it. Recorded during the start of a new month and a nice Spring evening. New releases from Graham Parker & The Goldtops, Ben Folds, Pere Ubu, Thelonious Monk, Inhaler, Buck Meek, B.C. Camplight, Fontaines D.C. and Dwight Twilley. Fleshed out by Wayne Shorter, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, Fila Brazillia, Marvin Gaye, R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner, Love, The Smiths, Roger Miller, Rosanne Cash, Lewis Taylor, The Rascals, Warren Zevon, Andrew Bird, Sparklehorse and many more.
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